Women's Basketball Coaches

Aaron Johnston
Aaron Johnston

Head Coach
13th Year

Head Coach Aaron Johnston has lead his teams to five consecutive Division I NCAA Tournament appearances (2009-13) and five regular season conference championships.

He has been named the Summit League Coach of the Year three times (2008, 09,12).

The Jackrabbits have become known on the national stage, as they finished the 2008-09 season with a 32-3 record.

The team was ranked as high as 14th in the coaches' poll and 16th in the Associated Press Poll.

Before the turn to Division I, Coach AJ and the Jackrabbit staff guided the team to a Division II National Championship in 2003. That same year he was named the National Coach of the Year.

Coach AJ earned his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1996 and completed his Master’s Degree from South Dakota State University.


Katie Falco

Assistant Coach
5th Year

Katie Falco played collegiate basketball at the University of Northern Iowa. She was a First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference performer. Falco currently ranks number seven in career scoring at UNI with 1,343 points. 

At Northern Iowa, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Psychology (2003). After Northern Iowa, Falco went to Utah State and earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Education (2005).

Falco began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Montana State University for three seasons (2005-08).


Mike Jewett
Assistant Coach
1st Year

Mike Jewett is came to SDSU with a lengthy coaching career, which will has given depth to the Jackrabbit coaching staff.

Jewett began his coaching career at Augustana College for ten years (1992-2001). After his stint at Augustana, Jewett took his first head coaching job at Franklin College. Jewett held the position for four seasons (2001-2004) before accepting an assistant coaching job at St. Cloud State University.

He held the coaching position at SCSU for three seasons (2004-2006) before taking the reins at Southwest Minnesota State University. Jewett was the head coach for the Mustangs for five seasons (2006-2010).

He complied a career head coaching record of 110-85. He was also the 2004 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Jewett found success in the NCAA Tournaments as he helped guide St. Cloud State to back-to-back Elite 8 appearances (2005 & 2006), and went to multiple NCAA tournament appearances while he was at Franklin College & Augustana College.


Carissa Nord

Assistant Coach
2nd Year

Carissa Nord is in her second year at SDSU as a member of the Jackrabbit coaching staff. During the 2011-12 season,  Nord was a graduate assistantand was recently promoted to an assistant coach after a position opened up in the summer of 2012.

Before Nord was at SDSU, she played for the University of Wisconsin Superior and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

After her playing career was over, Nord helped coach at Wayne State College and the University of Chicago.


Alex Feeney
Graduate Assistant Coach
First Year

Alex Feeney is in her first season as a graduate assistant coach for the South Dakota State University women's basketball team.

Feeney joins the Jackrabbit program after a standout playing career at Augustana College (S.D.), where she was a four-year starter and totaled 1,723 points and 828 rebounds. She was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year during the 2009-10 season and earned first-team all-NSIC honors her junior and senior seasons.

During the 2012-13 season, Feeney posted team-best averages of 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in leading the Vikings to the NCAA Division II Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. She also was named to the Daktronics All-Central Region First Team for the second year in a row and earned Central Region Tournament Most Outstanding Player recognition.

Feeney also led Augustana in both scoring and rebounding as a junior, turning in averages of 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. She was the squad's leading rebounder as a sophomore during the 2010-11 season with 5.9 boards per game.

A native of Bismarck, N.D., Feeney earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in the spring of 2013. She received academic all-Northern Sun honors three times and was a member of the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District First Team as a senior.



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